AGRO321 Crop Production

UNE has cancelled in-person, paper-based exams for Trimester 2. Instead, all exams will either be transferred to other modes of assessment, or offered online. There may be some discrepancies to published unit information while we work through the University processes to approve the changes and reflect them through publication. Information about online exams is available on UNE's Online Supervised Exams page.

Updated: 13 July 2020
Credit Points 6
Offering
Location Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)

Intensive schools are for students enrolled in Online Mode only, unless specified in the notes.

Start Finish Attendance Notes
Mandatory The Trimester 2 Intensive School will not be offered in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Supervised Exam There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will either be paper-based and offered at an established exam venue or online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.
Pre-requisites AGRO211 or BOTY211 or BOTY203 or candidature in a postgraduate award in the School of Environmental and Rural Science or School of Science and Technology
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Jonathan McLachlan (jmclach7@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to the principles and processes of plant, soil and water interaction in the management of irrigated and dryland cropping and horticultural systems.

The unit involves lectures, laboratory and field activities, and covers two sections: (i) horticultural production systems including principles of orchard, vineyard, vegetable and flower management and nursery practices; and (ii) dryland and irrigated field crop production systems examining constraints to yield; integrated management of water, nutrients and weeds/pests/diseases for cereals, oilseeds, pulses, sugar and fibre crops.

On-campus students participate in a two-day tour that forms part of the practical component. Online students attend the mandatory intensive school during which they participate in laboratory activities and field excursions.

Recommended Material
Optional

Text(s):

Note: Recommended material may be held in the University Library - purchase is optional

Agriculture in Australia: An Introduction

ISBN: 9780195560114
Malcolm, B., Sale, P., Leury, B. and Barlow, S., Oxford University Press 2nd ed. 2009

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Crop Physiology: Applications for Genetic Improvement and Agronomy

ISBN: 9780124171046
Sadras, V. and Calderini, D., Elsevier Inc 2nd ed. 2014

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On Campus and Online

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Compulsory Online/in-class quizzes 20%
Assessment Notes

Four online/in-class quizzes worth 5% each

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-3

Compulsory Practical 0%
Assessment Notes

The School of Environmental and Rural Science considers all practical/laboratory/tutorial activities as essential to student learning. Attendance and participation in all practical/laboratory/tutorial classes (sessions) is mandatory - exemptions will not be granted without supporting evidence.

Compulsory Practical Report 1 15% <1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO:1-4

Compulsory Practical Report 2 15% <1000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 50% 2000
Assessment Notes

There is a supervised exam at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled. The exam will be offered online with supervision via webcam and screen sharing technology. Coordinated by UNE Exams Unit.

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-4


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. describe the constraints to, and potentials of, sustainable crop and horticultural production systems;
  2. integrate general principles of soil and plant processes for sustainable agricultural plant production (dryland and irrigated crops and horticultural species) practices;
  3. manage crops and horticultural systems for environmental, economic and social outcomes; and
  4. communicate effectively to others in written and verbal formats on issues relating to sustainability within the Agronomy discipline.